I’m working today; are you? Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and as you probably already know, it’s become known as the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. If you’re not working, there are service projects all over the country that you can take part in. If you’re working, though, you might have to get creative about the way you serve. Here are five ways you can serve today, even if you’re working.

  1. Stop at the grocery store on the way home from work and pick up some food to donate to a food bank. If you’re unsure about the best foods to buy for a food bank, I wrote about suggested items for food banks a couple of years ago.
  2. Serve someone in your own home. Do someone else’s chore. Take the trash out for your kid. If you usually don’t do the dishes, offer to do them (even if you cooked) for the person who usually does them. Just do it.
  3. Do that classic random act of kindness action of paying for the person behind you at the tollbooth when you’re driving home from work this evening. Don’t pass a tollbooth? Maybe you can buy the coffee of the person behind you in line at the coffee shop.
  4. If you work in an area where you pass a homeless person on the way to work, pack up your leftovers from tonight’s dinner and make a meal to give to that person on your way to or from work tomorrow.
  5. If you’re in the South Jersey region, join me at South Jersey Culinary Event’s Mighty Mac & Cheese Battle of the Chefs in Collingswood, N.J. Ten chefs will create their take on the classic mac & cheese. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Food Bank of South Jersey.

What other ways can you think of today to serve, even if you’re spending most of the day on the job? 

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